The document also called for incest to be legalized.
Paedophilia is usually the kind of "mistake" people go to jail for. But molesting one child is a crime, while trying to legalize molesting every child in the UK is just a mistake if you're a leftist in good standing.
Patricia Hewitt was listed as a Communist sympathizer by MI5. Despite that she served in a number of cabinet positions, including as Secretary of State for Health under Blair in 2007. That means she ran the NHS which US Socialized Medicine advocates draw their inspiration from.
Before that Hewitt had gotten in trouble as Secretary for Trade for discriminating against male candidates.
Hewitt had co-authored a report which said, "it cannot be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social cohesion" and suggested that men couldn't be trusted around children. This was ironic considering what she had been up to back in the seventies.
Patricia Hewitt was forced to apologise after it was revealed that she had called for the age of sexual consent to be lowered to ten.
The document published in the former Labour cabinet minister’s name also called for incest to be legalised.
A National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) press release quoted in The Sun issued in Miss Hewitt’s sole name in Mach 1976 read: “NCCL proposes that the age of consent should be lowered to 14, with special provision for situations where the partners are close in age or where the consent of a child over ten can be proved.”
The document, which relates to an NCCL report on sexual law reformed continues: "The report argues that the crime of incest should be abolished.
Miss Hewitt, who was general secretary of the NCCL from 1974 to 1983 said: "I take responsibility for the mistakes we made. I got it wrong on PIE and I apologise for having done so.
PIE doesn't stand for a baked good, but the Paedophile Information Exchange which is exactly what it sounds like.
The Guardian headlines the story as "Patricia Hewitt takes responsibility for mistakes over paedophile campaign."
Well that's good of her. She took responsibility for trying to legalize raping every child in the UK... only 38 years later.
Hewitt's courageous admission should be held up as an example of children everywhere, wait no. It shouldn't. It was a mistake, said every criminal who got caught ever.
Hewitt claimed that she "was naive and wrong to accept PIE's claim to be a 'campaigning and counselling organisation' that 'does not promote unlawful acts',"
Take, for example, the first mention of the Paedophile Information Exchange in NCCL literature — in Patricia Hewitt’s annual report to her members for 1975, published in April 1976.
There, she describes PIE in glowing terms as ‘a campaigning/counselling group for adults sexually attracted to children’.
Hewitt then complains that PIE had recently been the subject of a ‘hysterical and highly inaccurate’ article in the Sunday People newspaper headlined ‘the vilest men in Britain’, which was ‘designed to foster misunderstanding and hatred’.
If you legalize them, they're no longer unlawful.
NCCL in the 1970s, along with many others, was naive and wrong to accept PIE's claim to be a 'campaigning and counselling organisation' that 'does not promote unlawful acts'. As General Secretary then, I take responsibility for the mistakes we made. I got it wrong on PIE and I apologise for having done so. I should have urged the Executive Committee to take stronger measures to protect NCCL's integrity from the activities of PIE members and sympathisers and I deeply regret not having done so. In particular, Tom O'Carroll should never have been allowed to join the gay rights sub-committee.
The proposal to reduce the age of consent was not mine - it was the policy of the organisation and its executive committee at that time. I do not support reducing the age of consent or legalising incest.
So Hewitt was under the impression that an organization calling for reducing the age of consent to ten years old was a 'campaigning and counselling organisation'.
That certainly is "naive". Another term might be "implausible deniability".
"Many people's lives have been destroyed by sexual abuse in their childhood. Although the evil of child sexual abuse is now properly recognised, as a society we still have a long way to go in protecting children, tackling the sexualisation of girls and supporting the survivors of sexual abuse," Hewitt went on to say.
No, we recognized the evil of child sexual abuse all along. It was recognized in the 70s. Hewitt and her leftist pals chose not to recognize it.
There is no "we" here.
Meanwhile here's what gay rights advocate Tom O'Carroll had to say.
Tom O’Carroll said that the members of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), including Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour Party and Patricia Hewitt, a former Labour Cabinet minister under Tony Blair, had made no attempt to remove PIE from its sub-committee on gay rights in the 1970s.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: “Really, they didn't do much to oppose PIE's presence in my view, because there were these other liberal forces or radical forces that were in NCCL. The support didn't come from Harman and co. but it was there. The Gay Liberation Front was very radical.
Documents dated from 1978 and 1979 disclose Nettie Pollard - the NCCL’s Gay and Lesbian Officer - sat on the group’s 14-strong gay rights committee with Tom O’Carroll, PIE's chairman who was later jailed for child porn offences.
Miss Pollard was so close to O’Carroll that when he wrote his 1980 book arguing the case for sex with children to be legalised, he thanked her in its foreword as she had “read the whole text in draft and made many helpful suggestions”.
Mistakes were made.